From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul> Date: Wed, 09 Nov 2011 06:58:33 -0500 Archived: Wed, 09 Nov 2011 06:58:33 -0500 Subject: Preconceptions And The Blunting Of Imagination Source: ScientificAmerican.com http://tinyurl.com/8a8y53t November 8, 2011 Lessons From Sherlock Holmes: Preconceptions And The Blunting Of Imagination By Maria Konnikova Sometimes, the impossible takes place: Sherlock Holmes makes a mistake. Yes, it happens. The master detective falls prey to some of the very errors he urges us to avoid. If even he falters, what chance do we mere mortals have? Well, for one, we can examine those moments when Holmes does go wrong and see what we can learn from the shortcomings of the normally infallible master - after all, it is often in the very errors and flaws of a process that we are able to discern the most about how something actually functions. In Silver Blaze, one of the paragons of logical reasoning, Holmes admits to a rare lapse in judgment. In the story, a prize horse goes missing. As Holmes and Watson head to Dartmoor to help with the investigation, Holmes mentions that on Tuesday evening, both the horseís owner and Inspector Gregory had telegraphed for his assistance on the case. The flummoxed Watson responds, "Tuesday evening! And this is Thursday morning. Why didnít you go down yesterday?" To which Holmes answers, "Because I made a blunder, my dear Watson - which is, I am afraid, a more common occurrence than anyone would think who only knew me through your memoirs. The fact is that I could not believe it possible that the most remarkable horse in England could long remain concealed, especially in so sparsely inhabited a place as the north of Dartmoor." And there you have it. The great Holmes has made a blunder. A failure of imagination... [More at site... thanks to 'The Norm' for the lead] Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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